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Mus. 4

Manuscript. Anonymous motet, 'In te Domine speravi', for 3 voices, 2 violins and bass, copied in score by Richard Goodson Jr; English, early 18th century. Later 18th-century hands have added the ascription 'Iaco. Carissimi', but the attribution remains doubtful. For another copy of the 'Gloria Patri' from this work, see Mus. 53.

Upright format, 450 x 293 mm. 2 gatherings, each of three nested bifolios; 12 folios in total; ff. 1r-9v have been paginated '1-18' by Goodson Jr; unused ruled staves on the remaining (unfoliated and unpaginated) leaves. Late 18th-century binding of white parchment over boards, undecorated except for two parallel fillets at edges; at the centre of the upper cover, a red leather inset is tooled in gold: 'IN TE DOMINE / SPERAVI / JACO. CARISSIMI'; spine in contrasting brown leather. The volume was bound at Christ Church in the late 18th century as part of an uncompleted binding project intended to protect previously unbound items from the Aldrich and Goodson bequests. (For a list of other volumes in related bindings, see the entry for Mus. 3.) No trace remains of any earlier binding. Bookplate 2 on inside upper cover. 19th-century shelfmark: H.1.4.

Provenance: from the Goodson bequest. Omitted from Clement 1747; first listed as a Goodson book in Malchair 1787 (f. 1): 'In te Domine Speravi. large Vellum / bound book. Ja: Carissimi'.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 46.


Andrew V. Jones, The Motets of Carissimi (Ann Arbor, MI, 1982), esp. vol. 2, pp. 52-3. Find in a Library